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Code Camp – My Kid Is Learning To Code

So late last year my son came home super excited that they were starting to learn about coding in his computer class at school. Kid was in Grade 2.The first thing he did when he got home was turn on the computer, and show me this video.

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Cost Of A Free Education In Australia

In Australia we have a free public education system. But it’s easy to forget that our children’s education is apparently free when we open up an invoice for $800 for two children attending public school. That’s not really my definition of free.

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Homework: How much is too much or too soon?

I hate homework. I hate homework more as a parent than I did as a student (and trust me, I wasn’t a fan of it then either). I’d even say I hate homework more than my children do now. HATE it. Yet, I still attempt to enforce it at home.

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5 Tips To Get To School On Time

have a confession to make - I’m usually the parent hurling their kids out of the car onto the footpath in the drop-and-run zone as the bell goes at 9:00am (give or take a couple of minutes!) It’s a rare morning that my kid doesn’t have to run to class.

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I’m Not The School Mum I Thought I’d Be

school mum

On some subconscious level I’d assumed that would be what being a school mum looked like for me. I’d be a super involved helpful parent. I’m pretty crafty, I like being helpful, I studied teaching so I assumed I’d be the first to put my hand up as a classroom helper. I imagined I’d be an organised and shining example of what it is to be a “School Mum”.

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Safe Schools Program

safe schools program

The way I see it, there are two main kinds of people in this world. The ones who like strawberry jam and the ones that don’t. Some people say it’s actually a much broader spectrum than just liking jam or not, but whatever. I’m not judging or anything.

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Our School Morning Routine

school morning routine

7:30am - Mr 7 year old appears beside the bed and immediately starts telling me something about minecraft. No “Good morning Mum”, no “Hey Mum, are you awake?” just “Did you know, on Minecraft, that Stampycat built a sky island?

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10 Sensory Spelling Ideas

sensory spelling

Have a look over the following 10 ‘sensory spelling ideas’ and choose some of your favourites to try this week during homework time.

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Take A Seat – How Your Chair Affects Handwriting

chair affects handwriting

For any skill in child development to be supported, it needs to be supported from the bottom up. All skills need a good foundation and handwriting is no exception.

Like most skills, all is not what it seems, and a lot more is involved than you may think.

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Warning – School Parking Rant Ahead

school parking rant

To the Person who Double Parked in front of the school gate,

Hi, I don’t know if you saw me, I was 2 cars back from you while you unloaded your kids from the car so they could run directly through the school gate 4 minutes before the bell went. I don’t know if you noticed there was a parking space about 5 meters in front of you.

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Micro Schooling

microschooling

For a couple of years now, I’ve been contemplating my children’s education. I, myself, am a school teacher, which actually complicates things, because I’ve seen both the good and bad sides of traditional schooling. I like the idea of traditional school because of the community, plus the shared responsibility of taking care of children (it’s hard work being with your kids 24/7 and never having a break)

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Kimochis Poster Review

kimochis poster

We were recently sent a pack of Kimochis Feelings Posters. As someone who used to be an Early Years Educator I think the poster (and all the little plush toys that can go along with it) is a lovely resource for teaching children about feelings, and to help children identify and communicate how they're feeling.

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8 Reasons I’ll Miss the School Holidays

school holidays

School is going back all over the country over the next week! My newsfeed is full of first days and new uniforms and parents announcing “FREEDOM!!!” There’s biggest babies starting school, and youngest babies starting school – and from what I can tell the latter is more difficult to deal with for the Mums and Dads.

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10 Thing I Love About School Holidays

love school holidays

I know school holidays get a lot of bad press but here are ten reasons I actually like school holidays.More Time With My School KidWhile we have moments when the children are bickering over the same toys...

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How Was Your Day? – A Poem For Starting School

starting school

To my big school boy, I try really hard not to overwhelm you with questions but I just want I know and I want you to tell me, How was your day? And who did you play with? Did you like your lunch? Did you eat all your sandwich? Do you listen to teachers? Did you get into trouble? What’s that scratch from? Did you trip and stumble?

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Baby Boy Starting School

In just 7 days my first baby will start school. It’s just starting to really hit me. I've been saying confidently for the last 6 months whenever I’m asked if I think I’ll cry, or how I feel about it, that I’ll be fine.

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Are We Becoming A Sore Loser, Bubble Wrap Society?

bubble wrap society

I opened the Herald Sun the other morning and almost choked on my toast.A Victorian suburban primary school has stopped their students form playing tag (or tiggy when I was at primary school) beacuse it led to kids getting disappointed and upset about getting caught. You read that right: tag banned because the school didn't want to deal with kids getting upset (sore losers) over getting caught in a kids game.

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Learning to Read vs Loving to Read

I've always loved the way a good book can take you out of yourself - make you see and think things you’d never have thought of; make you reassess the world and your place within it. Aside from the joy of immersing myself in a story, I also love the instant bond of friendship you find when you meet someone who's read the same books. My brother and I bonded over books as we grew up, but our journeys of learning to read and loving to read were very different.

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